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OID To Fence Out Unwelcome Cars

A new fence and locked walk-through gate will be erected at the Oakdale Irrigation District offices. In an action at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on June 21, the board voted 4-0, with director Frank Clark absent, to install a 350 linear feet, six-foot high chain link fence on the east side of the OID property bordering the Live Oak Plaza. OID has a satellite office space in the Live Oak Plaza, those employees will have a key for the walk-through gate.

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Park Host Volunteers Serve As Army Corps ‘Eyes’ And ‘Ears’

Sometimes the most important job or person is overlooked until you realize without them - you'd be in hot water, or as in the case of the Stanislaus River: frigid, rushing, and dangerous water.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Fills Operations Manager Vacancy

The Oakdale Irrigation District recently announced the promotion of Eric Thorburn to Water Operations Manager. Because of Thorburn's dedication to his job and his knowledge of modern irrigation practices and system controls he was promoted to the position.

June 22, 2011 | Eric Thorburn | Local News


Oakdale Police History On Display

Retired Oakdale Police Lieutenant Vern Gladney acquired a vast assortment of duty gear over his 30 years of service with the city's police department, a career that spanned parts of four decades.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Expo Boosts City Image, Coffers

A three-day tradeshow hosted by a local distribution company brought in much needed revenue to bolster local businesses.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blueberry Thrills - Murphy Road U-Pick Farm Lures Families

Jeremiah Hinkle clutched his bucket tight as he maneuvered between the rows of blueberries, picking the biggest ones he could find.

June 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell Special To The Leader | Local News


Valley Home Dedicates New Community Park

Nearly five years in the making, Valley Home's Community Center Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 18 with a few dozen residents who turned out for the event. The new park replaces the old Valley Home Clubhouse, which was razed approximately four years ago due to the inability to bring the dilapidated building up to code. A new covered structure with lighting and a concrete floor called the "pavilion" is the focal point of the park. New picnic tables, park benches, new chain link fencing, grass, shrubs and trees, boulders, a flagpole, dedication plaque, an irrigation system, and more ...

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


All Church Picnic And Concert

The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.

June 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Joplin Journey - Group Lends Helping Hand

A contingent of Oakdale citizens has been in Joplin, Missouri for the past week, helping the town recover from a devastating tornado that happened just over two weeks ago.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Local Car Seat Check Saturday In Riverbank

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are observing National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18 through 24. Throughout the week ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Be Alert For Wildlife In Fall Months Ahead

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


YES Kids Open Auditions

YES, Youth Entertainment Stage, Kids is seeking students in grades four through eight to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "My Son Pinocchio ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


California Outdoors

Packing Out And Measuring Game

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


ART ON DISPLAY

Modesto Junior College Art Gallery presents Abstract Considerations, an exhibition of the works of artist Matt Rhoades. The display is open to the public through ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


General Deer Season Opens This Weekend

California's 2016 general deer season will open in zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6-D8, X9A, X9B and X12 on Saturday, Sept. 17. The California ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Emergency Responders Need Structured Support System

Emergency responders, which includes the police, firefighters and paramedics who are the first to arrive at the scene of an incident, are in the business ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


New Report Shows UC Merced Making Strides

In just its 12th academic year, the University of California, Merced, has been named one of the best public universities in the nation by U ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Exchange Students Seek Regional Host Families

Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a non-profit high school organization is looking for volunteer local host families for international high school students, ages 15 to 18 ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Area Motorists See Slight Rise In Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


On The Shelf

Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Vanderheiden Is Named OPD’s Newest Sergeant

With recent retirements and new hires, the Oakdale Police Department continues to fill its upper ranks with the recent promotion of veteran patrol officer Gary ...

September 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


MJC Presentation Focuses On Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "Mountain lions and bighorn sheep: risks, rewards, or range abandonment?" by Jeff Villepique, Ph ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Schedules Brake Safety Week Activities

For the safety of everyone traveling on California roadways, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is focusing on brake inspections and education for commercial vehicles during ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


MOTO-GRANNY

Astoria Senior Living resident Donna Wilkens recently checked a box on her bucket list. The 88-year-old took a first time motorcycle ride with a friend ...

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


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